Truckee Things To Do in Summer

In the scenic and rustic town of Truckee, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible, taking in the surrounding area and Old West-feeling downtown. And good news – Truckee things to do in summer let you commune with nature and celebrate the great outdoors to your heart’s content. Familiarize yourself with the area with a private or self-guided tour. Summertime Truckee activities like hiking and biking trails also let you experience the peaceful setting while getting in a little (or a lot of) exercise as you meander through trails in the valley, mountains or along reservoirs. The state parks in the area offer a wilderness escape where you can take advantage of Truckee things to do in summer like hiking, picnicking or even on mountaineering expeditions.

Truckee things to do in summer months includes organized outdoor activities too. Bike parks are popular in Truckee, so you can practice your jumps or have fun just watching the masters perform their tricks. When you’re in a vibrant town like this one, there’s no reason not to immerse yourself in the community, and a warm weather Truckee activity like a trip to a farmers’ market offers an excellent way to interact with locals and enjoy regionally produced goods. When it’s later in the day, head downtown on Thursday summer evenings for a street fair.

Truckee Things to Do in Summer to Cool Off

If all of this bustle makes you work up a sweat, cool off with a dip in Donner Lake. Truckee things to do in the summer feature a variety of watersports, kayaking, paddleboarding or zipping along in a powerboat. For the thrill seekers, rafting trips get you in the twists and turns of the rapids in the Truckee River. With all of these happenings, you can stay busy as much or as little as you’d like. Check out the listings below to see what Truckee summer activities will fill your visit with excitement.

Summer Activities by Category

Art Truckee

Truckee Summer Activity
10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 448-3423

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof in the historic Capitol Building, the oldest building in the town of Truckee. Featuring the art of Erskine Photography and Glasforms Glassblowing and relocating the many works of the Arts Obsessions collection, the gallery also has weekly live music and other community-building gatherings on the schedule, taking advantage of the...read more

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof...read more

Bluestone Jewelry & Wine

Truckee Summer Activity
10046 Donner Pass Road, #3, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0429

Some things just go perfectly together: wine and roses, wine and cheese, wining and dining. Well, a Truckee business has discovered another ideal pairing – wine and jewelry. It would be easy to pass by Bluestone Jewelry in downtown Truckee if one wasn’t in the market for a ring or bracelet. But don’t let that stop you from popping into the jewelry store for the...read more

Some things just go perfectly together: wine and roses, wine and cheese, wining and dining....read more

Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

8125 Steelhead Avenue, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-4324

When it comes to helping youth learn skills, find empowerment and make something of themselves, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (BGCNLT) is a longstanding place of action. With the mission of inspiring and enabling all youth, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens, BGCNLT brings hope to the Tahoe area. It's a nonprofit...read more

When it comes to helping youth learn skills, find empowerment and make something of themselves,...read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Truckee Summer Activity
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated...read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner...read more

Hang Gliding Tahoe

Truckee Summer Activity
2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider (with an FAA certified...read more

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it...read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Truckee Summer Activity
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers...read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty...read more

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Truckee Summer Activity
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3501
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60 years old in the spring of 2021 and was built by the residents of the town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by Truckee...read more
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60...read more

Raft California

Truckee Summer Activity
6500 CA State Highway 49, Lotus, CA
(530) 626-7385

The Lake Tahoe region boasts many rushing rivers that are great for whitewater rafting trips. If you are looking for a guide service with years of experience, look no further than Raft California. Known for offering more whitewater rafting trips in California and the West than any other outfitter, this highly reputable and family-owned company has been running commercial rafting trips since 1978. Join Raft California...read more

The Lake Tahoe region boasts many rushing rivers that are great for whitewater rafting trips. If...read more

Tahoe Donner Association

Truckee Summer Activity
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to...read more

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Association
Truckee Summer Activity
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a cafe/bar as well as a ski rental center. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 kilometers of trails groomed for skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Depending on...read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic...read more

Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

Tahoe Donner Association
Truckee Summer Activity
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9470

One way for almost every person to explore Tahoe Donner’s nearly 3,500 acres of open space mountain scenery is on horseback via more than 100 km of trails. Located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center, Tahoe Donner’s Equestrian Center typically offers a variety of guided rides for members of the homeowners association, their guests and the public during the summer months. Riders enjoy trails that meander...read more

One way for almost every person to explore Tahoe Donner’s nearly 3,500 acres of open...read more

Tahoe Donner Golf Course

Tahoe Donner Association
Truckee Summer Activity
12850 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9443

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is the championship golf course. What makes the 18-hole course even more special is that it’s also open to the public. Set on 200 acres of high-elevation, pine-shrouded beauty, the 7002-yard, par 72 course is open from early summer to fall. When the weather is warm Tahoe Donner has a driving range and PGA teaching...read more

Tahoe Donner offers scores of amenities to its homeowner members, and the crown jewel is...read more